All public schools in four West Virginia counties will be closed Monday because of a chemical spill that has tainted the water supply.

State Schools Superintendent James Phares says Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties have cancelled classes at all schools.

H. E. White Elementary School in Clay County and Culloden Elementary School in Cabell County also will be closed.

Phares says schools in Jackson, Logan and Lincoln counties will be open.

West Virginia American Water has told customers in the nine counties to not use their tap water for drinking, bathing, cooking or washing clothes.

The University of Charleston has cancelled all activities at its main campus in Charleston until further notice.


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